Gardening Q and A

Dame’s Rocket – Illegal?

Q: Is dames rocket an illegal plant for Georgia? I read it is banned from some states due to its invasiveness. A: I don’t know of any plants that are “illegal” in Georgia except marijuana and possibly Oriental poppy. Planting...

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Weeds – Periodic Clearing

Q: I have a bit of acreage and I don’t want to clear all of it, just some weeds and underbrush around my cabin. I want something to make the briars go away, but not destroy the earth. A: In...

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Paperwhites – Planting Tips

Q: I forced some paperwhites this year and left the flowers on the stems until they produced seeds. How should I plant them to get new bulbs? A: I’m guessing you are referring to the green seed pods that formed...

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Chickweed – Covering Garden

Q: When I went out to my vegetable garden area to start planting peas, I found it completely covered with chickweed. What should I do? A: At this point in the spring garden, I think you should pull up as...

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Fig Tree – New Growth

Q: My eight-year old fig tree was damaged by cold last winter. In years before it made tons of figs. We cut back the dead parts but from those big branches grew many shoots growing straight up. Last summer there...

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Hydrangea – Transplanting

Q: I need to transplant a mature hydrangea from my son’s present yard to his new home. I need to dig it up now but cannot replant it for a couple of weeks. A: This should be easy. Soak the...

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Dogwoods – Planting Close Together

Q: I would like to plant dogwoods in memory of a loved one. I would like to plant a white, a pink and a red dogwood together so they fuse into one mass with three colors. Will that work? A:...

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Newspaper – Attracting Termites

Q: What item can be used to block weeds in a flower bed? I have been using newspaper, which works great but I’ve been told it can attract termites. A: The newspaper can attract termites, but so does every limb...

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Begonia – Overwintering

Q: I have overwintered some angel wing begonias. When I move them back outside, do I cut all the old growth off? A: If the existing leaves are not brown, you can leave them on the plant until night temperatures...

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Slugs – Eating Leaves

Q: I have several clay pots that I buried in my flower beds to plant annuals in every year. I have a problem with slugs eating the leaves. If I paint my clay pots with copper spray paint would that...

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Ivy – Rooting

Q: I have a small decorative area of English ivy. A couple of years back I expanded the area and purchased several ivy plants at a big box store. The label said “English ivy” but I noticed the leaves were...

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Dogwood – Planting Beside

Q: I just planted a four-foot tall kousa dogwood in a slightly raised bed. Do you have any plant suggestions I can put in around it that will not hurt the roots? A: I can think of several shallow-rooted plants...

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Azaleas – Dead Foliage

Q: I have several Encore azaleas that have been hit hard by cold weather. Last year pruned them back drastically late March. They regrew and bloomed in October. This year it is worse! All foliage has died and most has...

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Sod – Weed Protection

Q: I planted zoysia sod in November. Now I see weeds coming up between the sections of sod. Is it time for a weed killer? A: I don’t recommend applying herbicide to grass that isn’t fully rooted. Zoysia planted in...

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Hellebores – Frozen

Q: The extreme cold seemingly froze the blooms on my hellebores. Is it possible they’ll recover and make seeds this year? A: My hellebore plants were severely wilted after each of the severe cold snaps we’ve had this winter. Even...

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Finding An Arborist

Q: Can you recommend an arborist that covers Rockdale County? A: There are so many good arborists in the metro area that I can’t recommend just one. Your best bet is to go to the website of the Georgia Arborist...

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Fescue – Planting Mid-March

Q: I have lots of leaves falling on my lawn when I plant fescue seed in the fall. They either smother the new grass or the seeds don’t take root fast enough to prevent them from coming up during gentle...

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Cypress – Topping

Q: We recently hired a landscape architect to plan our landscape. He recommended topping our big Leyland cypresses to make a tall hedge. Is that OK? A: The only reason I’m not a fan of topping Leyland cypress is that...

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